By Jake Emen; Photography by Victor Sizemore
Cocktails are your friend when it comes to exploring barrel-aged gin. There are two ways to approach them. The first is to lean into the gin and use it as the featured spirit in your cocktails. Alternatively, you can flip the script, leaning into the flavors derived from barrel maturation and using the spirit to make whiskey cocktails. “The use of barrel-aged gins in whiskey cocktails provides a lighter body and mouthfeel than usual, allowing the botanical nuances to shine, and giving the whiskey drinker even more flavors to ponder through every sip,” Bahrami said.
Recipe originally published in the Fall 2021 issue of Bourbon+, in the article “Barrel-aged Gins: Your Botanical Gateway.”
Wigle South Side
- 2 ounces Wigle Barrel Rested Gin or other barrel-aged gin
- 1 ounce Lemon juice
- 1 ounce Simple syrup
- 5 mint leaves, plus sprig for garnish
Combine mint leaves and lemon juice in a shaker and lightly muddle. Add gin, simple syrup and ice, and shake for 10 to 15 seconds. Strain into a coupe glass and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.